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Before the Fall Adam and Eve were perfect They were innocent and ignorant yet perfect so they were allowed to abide in the presence of God Once they partook of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil however they immediately became unclean as well as mortal In Billy Budd the author Herman Melville presents a question that stems directly from this original sin of our first parents Is it better to be innocent and ignorant but good and righteous or is it better to be experienced and knowledgeable I believe that through this book Melville is telling us that we need to strike some kind of balance between these two ideas we need to have morality and virtue we need to be in the world but not of the world To illustrate his theme Melville uses a few characters who are all very different the most important of which is Billy Budd Billy is the focal point of the book and the single person whom we are meant to learn the most from On the ship the Rights-of-Man Billy is a cynosure among his shipmates a leader not by authority but by example All the members of the crew look up to him and love him He is strength and beauty Tales of his prowess are recited Ashore he is the champion afloat the spokesman on every suitable occasion always foremost9 Despite his popularity among the crew and his hardworking attitude Billy is transferred to another British ship the Indomitable And while he is accepted for his looks and happy personality hardly here is he that cynosure he had previously been among those minor ships companies of the merchant marine14 It is here on the Indomitable that Billy says good-bye to his rights It is here also that Billy meets John Claggart the master-at-arms A man in whom was the mania of an evil nature
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